Three healthy smoothies to try today

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Smoothies are one of the best ways to start out your day.  They’re easy, they’re portable, they’re good for you and they taste good.  It’s a win-win-win-win situation.  Now that people are getting a little more creative with their smoothie concoctions, they can be a great way to sneak in some ingredients that branch out beyond the strawberry-banana combo.  Load up your blender with spinach or kale and fruit to make a nutritious, green smoothie.  With a little bit of oatmeal, peanut butter and chia sees, your smoothie will definitely keep you full until lunch.

Try out these three recipes and then start experimenting for yourself.

KALE APPLE SMOOTHIE

Kale Apple Smoothie | Photo by Sarah Flinn

¾ c. chopped kale (remove thick stems)

1 celery stalk, chopped

½ banana

½ c. apple juice

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

½ c. ice

 Blend all ingredients together until smooth and slightly frothy.  Serves 1.

BLUEBERRY COCONUT SMOOTHIE

Blueberry Coconut Smoothie | Photo by Sarah Flinn

 2 bananas

1 ½ c. blueberries, frozen

¼ c. coconut milk

Blend until smooth.  Serves 1.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

Overnight Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie | Photo by Sarah Flinn

¼ c. uncooked oats

1 ½ tsp. chia seeds

1 c. milk

1 banana

2 Tbsp. peanut butter

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

½ tsp. vanilla

 Blend until smooth.  Pour into a sealable jar and store in refrigerator overnight (the chia seeds will thicken overnight, giving your smoothie a great, thick texture).  Serves 1.

 

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